Apr 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe commissioned the The second Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV) of Sri Lanka Navy, built at the Indian shipbuilding facility - Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) at the Eastern Container Terminal of the port of Colombo on Thursday.
Upon the arrival of the Prime Minister, the Chief Guest of the occasion, at the Eastern Container Terminal, he was accorded a Guard of Honor in accordance with naval traditions.
Subsequently the Prime Minister reviewed the Guard of Honor before handing over the Commissioning Warrant to the inaugural Commanding Officer of the ship, Captain Samantha Perera.
The Prime Minister unveiled the ship's crest and name board among the blessings of religious dignitaries, to designate the new AOPV as Sri Lanka Navy Ship (SLNS) Sindurala.
The Premier together with distinguished guests got onboard to inspect the facilities and instrument fitted onboard the state-of-the-art vessel and he was briefed on the advanced technological instrument of the ship, by Commander of the Navy.
SLNS Sindurala, which is the second vessel of its kind possessed by the Sri Lanka Navy, will be manned by 18 officers and 100 sailors.
The length and the width of the latest platform are measured to be 105.7m and 13.6m respectively and it is provided with a landing facility and hangar for Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH).